Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Engine’s knocking and burning oil

asked by on

A few months back my 2006 Ford Escape began using up more oil than usual. The car was only at 45,000 miles so I wasn’t all that surprised. The problem got a little worse and then last week the engine started to knock. I was just about to have it checked out when the engine stopped running with a big clunk. It wouldn’t start up again. I think the engine may be totally busted at this point, which is disappointing. Is there anything I can do to get it replaced smoothly and keep the next one running longer?

In order for you to get your engine replaced as smoothly as possible, have it done by a qualified mechanic. The Ford dealer would be a good option if your vehicle is under warranty because the repair would likely be free or at very low cost to you. If the vehicle is not under warranty the next decision to make would be whether to install a brand new engine or get a used one. A new engine will be the best option because all the parts are new. A fresh engine is less likely to have any issues than a used one. On the other hand, a new engine would be much more expensive than a used one. If a new engine is the route you choose, simply install and drive as the new engine needs no initial maintenance. If a used engine is installed, replace all gaskets, spark plugs, oil, and rubber vacuum hoses as these are all maintenance items that can cause problems later on. It is a good idea to have this done before the engine is installed because, outside the vehicle, the parts to replace are much more accessible. Whether a new or used engine is used, it is a good idea to replace all of your engine mounts as well because any faulty mounts could lead to premature engine failure. As far as keeping it running longer just make sure to check the oil at least once a week in addition to all the other steps listed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I was just told my rear differential pinion seal was leaking when I got an oil change.

There is a seal that sits in between the two halves of your differential housing which keeps the oil inside of this housing from leaking. The oil inside the differential housing keeps the pinion gears lubricated. It depends on how...

Q: Help figuring out what hose i need for 2003 Ford focus

Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately, the picture you tried to add did not come through. If you are trying to find a particular part, you will want to determine what it does first. Since you are dealing with...

Q: What driving precautions should be followed?

Because you’re driving an SUV, you should be aware of the handling differences between your vehicle and a passenger car. There are quite a few things that you should do differently to ensure your safety and that of your passengers...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...